A gunfight in Omaha, Nebraska, between a suspect and police officers left the suspect and one officer dead. Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco died in the hospital shortly after the shooting.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said that the suspect, Marcus Wheeler, died in the hospital as well. Wheeler was avoiding a felony arrest warrant when police approached him. He opened fire at the officers, who immediately shot back at him.
Wheeler was found in a backyard suffering from gunshot wounds. He was carrying a semi-automatic handgun.
Both Wheeler, 26, and Orozco, 29, died at Creighton University Medical Center.
Orozco had recently given birth to a premature baby. The baby was due to be released from the hospital the day after Orozco’s death.
Orozco is reportedly the first female Omaha police officer to die while on duty. She was a seven-year veteran in the department and had worked in the gang unit since 2012, according to WOWT.
“Mr. Wheeler is a convicted felon and a known gang member,” Schmaderer said at a news conference.
Orozco is survived by her daughter, husband, two stepchildren, mother and two siblings. She was very involved in the community and well liked by her peers.
“I just can’t even imagine that this has happened,” Schmaderer said. “The city of Omaha owes her and her family a debt of gratitude.”
The last death of an Omaha police officer happened over 10 years ago, according to The Blaze. That shooting resulted in the death of Officer Jason Pratt and suspect Albert Rucker.